Recipe of the Month – September 2019: Halloween Black Cupcakes with Cherry Filling

October is only a few days away and there are some who believe Halloween treats are too indulgent. Well, I say, rubbish! Nobody else is going into your grave, but YOU!
Go ahead and eat the cupcake!

British based Kitchen Sanctuary has blessed us with a frightfully sinful recipe:
Halloween Black Cupcakes with Cherry Filling

Photo ©Kitchen Sanctuary 


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup plain( all-purpose) flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp extra black food colouring gel this extra black gel will give the deepest colour


  • 1 1/3 cups cherries in Kirsch*
  • 1 tsp cornflour cornstarch mixed with 3 tsp cold water
  • 14 fresh cherries


  • 5.3 oz dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 1 cup minus 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Extra Black food colouring gel I used 1 tsp – use more or less depending on how deep you want the colour to be
  • 1/2 tsp Violet food colouring gel optional – I wanted a slightly purple tint to the buttercream


For the full recipe and baking instructions, please go here:

I hear you have to say three Hail Marys for each one of these cupcakes that you eat, or you could skip confession next month.😈

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